Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Five hit day for Alamo; Burks with three XBH; Assad and Hudson with strong outings

Charcer Burks (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Charcer Burks (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AA

Chattanooga 8, Tennessee 6

Game Recap

Leadoff man Charcer Burks was the catalyst for the Smokies offense, hitting a two-run homer, and also a pair of doubles. Jeffrey Baez followed in the batting order with a double of his own, along with a single and stolen base. Tennessee was set up with a 5-4 lead thanks to their work from the top of their order and a solid start by Michael Rucker, but a rare poor outing by Daury Torrez spoiled their efforts. Torrez (L, 2-1, 2.92) was tagged for four runs in the bottom of the 7th.

Top Performers

  • Charcer Burks: 3-5, 2 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Jeffrey Baez: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB (10)
  • Eddy Martinez: 2-4, 2B, RBI
  • Jesse Hodges: 2-4, R
  • Michael Rucker: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jeffrey Baez

Jeffrey Baez

Charcer Burks may be scorching hot with the bat right now (.345/.415/.534 in May), but he has made three unlikely errors in the field this past week. Burks is normally a very reliable fielder.

After a slow first couple of weeks in May, Jeffrey Baez (.343/.407/.581) is getting hot again. This was his third straight multi-hit game as part of a four-game hitting streak.

Advanced A

Wilmington 3, Myrtle Beach 1 (Game 1)

Myrtle Beach 10, Wilmington 1 (Game 2 )

Game Recaps

Aramis Ademan

Aramis Ademan

The Pelicans were not able to string together enough hits in the opener to support Tyson Miller (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K), who was tagged with the loss. That was not the case in the second half of the doubleheader. Myrtle Beach pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits and 4 walks.Tyler Alamo and Aramis Ademan led the way with three hits each. Jhonny Pereda and Wladimir Galindo also contributed nice games and the combo of Luis Ayala and his eventual replacement in the game Kevonte Mitchell combined for four RBI from the 7th spot in the order.

Meanwhile, Bryan Hudson was able to overcome early control issues (5 walks in first two innings) and right the ship, eventually finishing with five innings of one-hit, one-run ball for his 3rd win of the year.

Top Performers

  • Tyler Alamo: 5-6, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Aramis Ademan: 3-5, 3B, 2 R, BB, HBP, SB (2)
  • Jhonny Pereda: 3-6, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB
  • Wladimir Galindo: 2-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • Luis Ayala: 1-4, 2 RBI, BB, SB (1)
  • Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, H, R, 5 BB, 3 K (W, 3-3, 5.23)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Aramis Ademan (.243/.331/.340) reached base five times Wednesday. As expected, Ademan has been inconsistent in both the field and at the plate as a 19-year old in the Carolina League but he is definitely holding his own.

Tyler Alamo (by Stephanie Lynn)

Tyler Alamo (by Stephanie Lynn)

First baseman Tyler Alamo (.278/.322/.500) is making a case for a promotion to Tennessee by showing greater patience at the plate of late to go along with his emerging power. Four of his seven walks on the season have come over the past four games.

I am not sure why Luis Ayala left the game after reaching base in his first two at bats of the second game, but the outfielder battled a shoulder injury this spring and I am hopeful he did not suffer a setback or any other injury.

A

Lake County 5, South Bend 2 (Game 1)

South Bend 6, Lake County 4 - 12 Innings (Game 2)

Game Recaps

The Cubs dropped game one of the doubleheader behind the first start of the year by Jesus Camargo (4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 7 K). Jose Albertos (2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 4 K) continued his struggles in relief. He barely escaped his first inning of work after allowing three runs on three walks and two hits, but recovered in his second inning. He walked just one batter and struck out the side in the 6th, so I am going to chalk that up as progress.

Javier Assad (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Javier Assad (photo by Rikk Carlson)

In the second game, Javier Assad absolutely cruised through seven innings. Sure, he did give up a couple of runs on seven hits, but he did not walk a batter (although he did plunk two) and required just 80 pitches. He managed it by compiling 11 ground outs without a single fly ball out being recorded.

After the teams traded off scoring a run or holding the fort for several innings of fake baseball, the Cubs eventually took advantage of some sloppy Captains defense and pushed across a pair in the top of the 12th for the win.

Top Performers

  • Javier Assad: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 11-0 GO-AO
  • Brian Glowicki: 2 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 3 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (W, 1-1, 8.16)
  • Christian Donahue: 1-2, 2B, R, BB
  • Chris Singleton: 2-7, 2B, 2 R, 3 SAC
  • Zach Davis: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, SAC

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  • Javier Assad continues to be as efficient as I saw on opening night. He deserves a little more of the spotlight as one of the few consistent minor league players for the Cubs this season.

    One note: Assad pitched game one, and Camargo the nightcap.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    He's been very good. Whenever he has his command he is going to carve up A ball hitters with his four pitches. When he leaves his fastball in the zone he tends to get hit. The extreme amount of ground balls were something new this time out. Could be an outlier, but I wonder if he is going more towards a two-seamer or something.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Very impressive for a 20-year old. Not a crazy high ceiling, but he is on a very nice trajectory.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    He has a little higher than ceiling than Jen-Ho Tseng (who also experienced good results in A ball), but they are similar enough that there is a concern in my eye that Assad hits the same wall to MLB success that Tseng is currently experiencing. I think Assad might just have enough extra in the tank to get him over though.

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    Surprised the Cubs are leaving Albertos at South Bend, and not XST. They know him better than we do, but the results right now are just dreadful. If they are overhauling his mechanics, hope there is a payoff in the 2nd half, because he is not looking like a top prospect

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I think if they were overhauling they would. I am assuming they have identified a particular flaw that they think he can work through at this level. Ultimately, as long as it doesn't affect his long term confidence his results do not matter at all at this level, especially given his age. Like Underwood last year and De La Cruz this year I just want to see Albertos finish a full year with a healthy arm. That is it. Nothing else matters to me.

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